Phulkari is an embroidery style that originated in Punjab. It is used and embroidered in different parts of Punjab namely Jalandhar, amritsar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, ludhiana, Ferozepur, Bhatinda and Patiala.
The earliest available article of phulkari embroidery is a rumal embroidered during 15th century by Bibi Nanaki, sister of guru Nanak dev. The needlework is widely practiced by the women of Punjab and holds significance in a life of a woman, from her marriage till her final abode to heaven.
Phulkari is an important part of the bridal trousseau and is worn as a veil or wrap by women on special occasions like Karva Chauth, a festival celebrated in North India for longevity of husbands. A specific pattern of Phulkari is also used as canopy on religious occasions.
Presently, Phulkari is being done on bed linen and apparel like tops, tunics and skirts.